It’s been a bit, but, we’re back with The Bus this year! This month’s theme at the Pulp Zine is Time Travel. Instead of the obvious choices of choosing artists from decades past, we decided on something different. The artists we chose are up and coming R&B/rap artists with dreaming, floating vacuum like sounds. Their music pulls you in to a vortex of crystallized beats with voices and minds as aged as the sands of time. Get to know our artists for the month: fka Twigs, Kilo Kish, SZA and Kelela.
FKA twigs grew up in Gloucestershire, England, in a Jamaican community. She began writing when she was 16. twigs moved to London to pursue a career as a dancer, but, dropped out few weeks later to seriously focus on her music. twigs is an artist whose lyrics are a personal diary and this EP is her release and betterment. Her current release EP2 (2013), echoes the feeling of the solitude. Her heartbreaking lyrics melded with trip-hop influenced production wash over and seduce you into her suffocating world. ‘Water Me’ resembles a rip in the time-space continuum. It’s haunting, minimalist production makes twigs’ otherworldly voice sound clean and independent leaving you wanting more and more. Her music will consume you. twigs has recently been named as one of Spotify’s Spotlight artists of 2014 and we’re definitely excited for new music coming from her.
Lakisha Robinson is Kilo Kish, an Orlando, Florida native, who moved to Brooklyn, New York for school. She took a year off and enrolled back into school and graduated in 2012 for textile design. The same year, she released her first EP, Homeschool, that gathered major attention. ‘K+’ (2013) is Kish’s third musical work. It focuses on feelings of unrequited love, Instagram, following social cues, G-Unit, stress and texting. Her intoxicating flow resembles a sleepy, space-like conversation that is still able to hit hard with the listener because of her relatable content. The mix tape is full of catchy trap hi-hats, alien-like production and believable spoken pieces-interludes. Stand out track ‘Turquoise’ features murky, floating production mixed with her beautiful, half-sung thoughts about enjoying the paradise of ignoring the pain and the breakdown of her relationship. K+ features Childish Gambino, A$AP Ferg, Meech of Flatbush Zombies, Vince Staples and production from OFWGKTA’s Earl Sweatshirt and Matt Martians. Kish is currently working on new music that will be released in February and planning to tour this year.
SZA is the moniker of 23 year old Solana Rowe from Maplewood, New Jersey. Her EP, ‘S’ (2013), follows the trials and tribulations of her life with alluring, swirling melodies that quickly envelope you with every passing second. In ‘Castles’, her warm, alien effected vocals over the looping synths, snapping percussion and sleigh bells with lyrics about her wishes and figuring out who she is pull you into the EP leaving a sad, but agreeing look on your face. She has recently been signed to Top Dawg Entertainment (Black Hippy [Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock], Isaiah Rashad) and is currently in the studio with Chaz Bundick (Toro Y Moi) for her album ‘Z’ coming out this year.
Kelela Mizanekristos is a singer based in Los Angeles. She grew up in Rockville, Maryland as the child of second generation Ethiopian parents. Her mixtape, ‘CUT 4 ME’ (2013), is an infusion of electronic, bass, R&B and Afrobeat influences with a catchy pop feel. Her voice’s clean, beautiful sound is reminiscent of a fourth member of SWV. One of the main focuses of her music is putting across ideas of strength in heartbreaking situations without sounding like another cliche, survival song. Case and point, the Nguzunguzu produced track ‘Enemy’. Kelela’s voice combined with the grossly minimalistic bass, her self as back up melodies and seldom piano, sings in solidarity for her listeners in the hook helping them tell off who ever is playing them. If you’re lucky enough to make it, Kelela will be performing at Festival Nrmal 2014 this March 1st and March 5th in Mexico. Don’t miss out.